Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi has gained another fan. While I was unfortunately underwhelmed by Shatter Me, Unravel Me knocked my socks off.  It was exciting and fun and I was completely engrossed the whole time. 

With the first installment of this trilogy (although it’s soon to be a longer series) I was a little put off by the elegant writing style. I had a hard time following the audiobook.  Unravel Me was easier to understand and this time I found that the writing style enhanced rather than detracted from the story. 

The world is much more complex than I realized reading the first book. Far from being the freak of nature she believed herself to be, Juliette is one of many special people with incredible abilities.  I was not expecting this to be a super powers story, although I guess I should have. I’m not sure what to make of the political climate of this world.  The dystopian setting seems to take a backseat to Juliette’s self discovery and her ever complicated love life. 

Speaking of our protagonist, I enjoyed Juliette much more in this book.  She continues to grow more confident in her abilities even as her opinions about Adam and Warner are challenged.  I’m not sure how I feel about Adam anymore. Though he has good reason, he’s a little angsty for me and he’s unnecessarily shady about his powers in my opinion. Warner, however, has completely stolen my heart.  He’s one of the most complex characters I’ve read and he fascinates me.  Kenji, of course, continues to be hilarious. 

I loved this book.  My affection for Unravel Me makes me look at Shatter Me with new eyes.  I’m sure that if/when I reread it, I will enjoy it more than I did the first time. If Ignite Me is as good as everyone says, this will definitely be one of my new favorite series. 5/5 stars for sure. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Please leave me a like and a comment if you did! Thanks so much for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll talk to you guys in the next one! 

Series Review: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Before I get into my review, I want to apologize for my lack of activity over the past few weeks.  Life has been throwing me some real curve balls, and my stress level has been through the roof.  Fortunately, I’m confident that life is going to get a little easier in the near future, so I should be able to post more regularly.  Thank you for being patient with me; I really appreciate it. 

I wasn’t completely idle in my absence. I previously posted a review for Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and if you’ll recall, I loved it.  I was recently able to complete the entire series, including the bonus novella bind up, Stars Above, and these are my non-spoiler thoughts. 

The Lunar Chronicles series, consists of four novels, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, in addition to Stars Above.  I dearly loved every second of every book.  This has definitely become one of my favorite series of all time.  I was entranced from start to finish, and am currently suffering the worst book hangover because of this series. 

My favorite aspect of The Lunar Chronicles is definitely the characters.  Cinder and the gang captured my heart and will remain some of my favorite characters forever. Their personalities are incredibly realistic – they are imperfect and quirky just like real people.  I wish so much to be part of Cinder’s crew, to be their friend. Cinder is sarcastic and witty, Scarlet is tenacious, Cress could not be sweeter and more passionate, and Winter is innocently insane. Don’t even get me started on the boys ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โคโค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

In addition to outstanding characters, Meyer has created an amazing version of our future world.  Part of me longs to visit New Beijing and Luna and be part of everything. The political aspects of the series are just as interesting as the action scenes.  I found myself caught up in royal politics and wondering which strategies would prevail.  As someone who doesn’t usually enjoy political conversation, I was pleased to find that I enjoyed those parts of the story. 

This series truly is a stunner from thrilling beginning to phenomenally satisfying end. I highly recommend this to everyone. 10,000,000/10! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you did leave me a like and a comment! If you’ve read The Lunar Chronicles, let me know what you thought! Thanks so much for reading! I’ll talk to you guys in the next one! 

Top 5 Wednesday: SFF Books in my TBR

I know this post will show up as being uploaded on Thursday, but I promise it is still Wednesday for me. I love the T5W topics for this month and am excited to participate. If you want to join in the fun visit the T5W group on Goodreads here.

Now, I usually don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi so the majority of these books are fantasy, however I do want to broaden my horizons and read a couple Sci-Fi books soon. 

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer

I still can’t believe I haven’t read these books yet. I literally see them everytime I go into a bookstore and always have some reason not to buy them. I know I will probably love them so I really don’t know what has been holding me back. 

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I love video games, so this book seems like it would be right up my alley. Everything I’ve ever heard about this book has been positive and I’ve been meaning to read it for awhile. This one is pretty high up on my TBR so hopefully I will get to it soon. 

3. The Shattered Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

I have no idea why I haven’t read Flamecaster yet. The second book in the series came out yesterday and it hurts my heart that I have yet to read book one. I adore The Seven Realms series (which you have to read first. Please please please read it; it is amazing) so it is inexcusable for me to have not yet read these books. 

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

How have I not read one of the most beloved YA fantasy series in recent publication? Fantasy is my life, but I feel like such a poser because I haven’t read these books yet. This one fills me with shame and I have to remedy this situation soon. 

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Similar to Throne of Glass, I am filled with chagrin at not having read this book. Actually, I’ve never read anything in the Grisha universe. Yikes! This is yet another fantasy story that has rave reviews and that I have been meaning to get to for awhile now. I know so many people love this book and I honestly have no excuse for why I haven’t picked it up. 

So, those are my top 5 SFF books on my TBR. Try not to judge me too harshly. If you enjoyed this post leave me a like and a comment ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to talk. 

Review: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

This is not related to Harry Potter. ย Even so, this book was highly entertaining and was action-packed from start to finish. ย I gave it 4 out of 5 stars and definitely recommend it. ย It was an excellent start to a series.

The novel follows a brother and sister, Sophie and Josh, fifteen year old twins who are enjoying a typical summer in San Francisco. ย Josh gets a job working at a small bookshop for a man named Nick Fleming. ย One day a strange man attacks Nick and Josh and Sophie attempt to help only to be thrust into a magical and dangerous world. ย They soon learn that Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, an immortal on the run. ย Sophie and Josh have a bigger role in this magical world than they ever imagined.

I read this book at the insistence of my husband and I was not disappointed. ย I immensely enjoyed the plot and the characters. ย I was never bored reading the adventure and found it extremely difficult to put my book down and take care of my responsibilities. ย The fight/action scenes were extremely well written and they were generously distributed throughout the novel. ย I adored the relationship between the siblings and the examination of their twin bond. ย The complex character of Flamel himself was fascinating to read and I found myself simultaneously trusting him and questioning his motives, much like Josh and Sophie.

Overall, I am excited to continue this series and I am very happy it was recommended to me. ย I definitely think you guys should check it out because it was fantastic.

Introductions ๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“‘๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“š

Hello fellow book lovers! I’ve never tried to blog before, but I am passionate about writing and about books. I thought I would combine these two passions and create a space for me to express my thoughts and feelings about the books I read and post other bookish things that I enjoy. I hope to make some friends with similar bookish tastes and maybe gain some new insight into things I may not have considered about the books I read.

I will probably post mostly reviews, but I may occasionally spice it up with some other fun things.

I am a huge fan of booktube, so I thought by way of introduction I would borrow a tag from the YouTube book community and give you guys 25 Bookish Facts About Me. Hope you enjoy!

1. My favorite series in the entire world his Harry Potter. It will forever and always be my number one series and holds a very dear place in my heart. โšก

2. I much prefer paperbacks to hardbacks (hence my blog name). ๐Ÿ“–

3. I like to eat while I read. Usually just chips or something similar. ๐Ÿ˜‹

4. I purchase most of my books onlineย and the vast majority of them are used. ๐Ÿ’ป

5. I desperately want to write a book and have actually started a basic outline for my story. โœ

6. I’ve never listened to a complete audiobook and that is something that I intend to remedy very soon. ๐ŸŽง

7. I am a Ravenclaw. ๐Ÿ’™

8. Dog-eared pages fill me with rage. ๐Ÿ˜ค

9. I can read literally anywhere except in the car. I get motion sick very easily. ๐Ÿš—

10. My favorite genre is fantasy. ๐Ÿฒ

11. I’ve been known to write some Harry Potter next-gen fanfiction. ๐Ÿค“

12. I have absolutely no desire to readย A Game of ย Thrones. ย Or to watch the show. ๐Ÿšซ

13. I dearly love the library, but don’t go near as often as I should. ๐Ÿ“š

14. I want to read books to my son, but he usually doesn’t sit still long enough to finish even a kids book. ๐Ÿ‘ถ

15. I read mostly YA, but I would like to start reading more adult novels as well. โ˜บ

16. My most anticipated release of 2017 is Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima. ๐Ÿ˜„

17. I can read even when there is a lot going on around me. Noise doesn’t usually bother or distract me. ๐ŸŽถ

18. Despite being able to read with noise around me, if I am interrupted I get super annoyed. If you interrupt my book, there better be a good reason. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

19. I am lucky enough to be married to another book lover. ๐Ÿ’’

20. I almost never see plot twists coming. I am dreadful at predicting things. ๐Ÿ˜จ

21. I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi. ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

22. I bring a book in my bag everywhere I go. ๐ŸŽ’

23. My favorite book to movie adaptation is Catching Fire. ๐ŸŽฌ

24. Speaking of Catching Fire, when new readers ask me for recommendations I usually tell them to read The Hunger Games. ๐Ÿน

25. My number one OTP is Percabeth from the Percy Jackson series. ๐Ÿ’–